Thirteenth annual Mitchell’s Run coming August 20

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Each year, Mitchell Peterson’s parents, Steve and Sandy, are amazed at the support they receive from the community. Over 100 volunteers help to make the race run smoothly and to bring awareness and money to be donated to Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), a national nonprofit organization founded in 1994 by parents of children with […]

Shop with a Cop a celebration of community giving

GROUP EFFORT—Rockford Police officers, their family and friends, volunteers, service organizations and students (and Santa!) make Shop with a Cop a success for all each year.

‘It was something that meant a lot to me’ by BETH ALTENA When Maria Arel was in fifth grade she was one of the kids looking at winter coats, mittens and boots with a Rockford police officer and a helper by her side. Today she is a high school senior, a member of a new […]

Meijer, Best Buy reward blood donors

The American Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region, in partnership with Meijer, has rewarded two lucky individuals for donating blood at a June Red Cross blood drive. Bethany Eldred of Walker is the June winner of a $250 Meijer gift card, which can be used for anything in the store, online or at the […]

Chamber hosts annual Start of Summer Celebration

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This year’s weather brings new meaning to the acronym “SOS,” the international distress signal used by ships. However, Rockford is planning on using it in two ways. In the past the initials have been used to identify the Rockford Chamber of Commerce’s (RCC) Start of Summer Celebration. The double meaning is handy this year, however, […]

Rockford Police, Meijer join forces to help youngsters

Santa and Mrs. Claus pose with lucky kids who were chosen to participate in this year’s Shop with a Hero event with the City of Rockford Police. Funds come from Meijer and donations from service organizations such as the Rockford Lions and Rockford Rotary clubs.	photo by BETH ALTENA

by BETH ALTENA Santa, police and plenty of smiles marked the seventh annual Shop with a Hero event at the Rockford Meijer Sunday, Dec. 12. All on volunteer time, Rockford police, usually with the help of a spouse or family member, enjoyed helping children choose items from a list of necessities and at least one […]